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November 23, 2014 | 5:01pm ET
Kings exploring blueline options

The Los Angeles Kings would like to bolster their blueline at some point this season, as their newfound salary cap space has expanded their options.

The loss of Slava Voynov, who is suspended indefinitely, has left the Kings with a big hole on their blueline.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi would like to add a No.2 or No.3 defenseman, with just over $4 million in available salary cap space to play with.

The Kings had been taking calls on center Mike Richards, prior to receiving cap relief from Voynov being placed on the equivalent of long-term IR.

It's unclear if he's still in play, but two separate league executives told TFP the Kings will need to part with a "solid roster player" in order to acquire a top-tier defenseman.

Youngsters Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli are not available for trade, but top prospects Nick Shore, Valentin Zykov and this past June's first-round draft pick Adrian Kempe could be packaged in a deal, an Eastern Conference team executive speculated.

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